You are looking for a counsellor to help with anxiety, self-esteem, or shame (or all three, and that’s okay). You would like to talk to someone who is compassionate, professional, and knows what they are talking about. You want a counsellor who doesn’t feel so “clinical” and who embraces laughter. You want to be heard, and you want help making positive changes for your mental health. Counselling can help.
If you experience anxiety, low self-esteem, or shame, you may also notice
- A self-critical inner voice
- Burnout and feeling overwhelmed
- Low moods and lack of motivation
- Feeling stuck
- Excessive worry
- Intrusive thoughts
- Relationship conflict
- Anger issues
- Self medication through substance use
- A desire for deeper self-discovery
You find it difficult to stop worrying. Some part of you is always reminding you of a worst case scenario that could happen. Your anxiety is not only present in your thinking, but also in your physical body. You often feel tense, like your body is on “high alert,” and you wish you could just relax.
Nothing you do ever seems good enough. Even when you receive praise for your work or character attributes, a little voice in your head tells you that people are just saying those things to be nice, or because they feel bad for you. You doubt the compliments are sincere. Friends and family tell you to be more confident, but you haven’t figured out how to do that yet. You’re not even sure if it is possible.
You feel like you don’t belong, and like if people knew the truth about you, they would disown you. You hide significant parts of yourself for fear of being rejected by your loved ones. Shame impacts every area of your life, and you wish you could be free from it.